More than five kilos of heroin seized in Central Falls

More than five kilos of heroin seized in Central Falls

PROVIDENCE – An investigation into the trafficking of heroin in Rhode Island has resulted in the seizure of more than five kilograms of heroin, allegedly brought to Rhode Island from New York, and the arrest of two individuals.

On Tuesday, Yesid Antonio Simanca-Pena, 40, of Central Falls, and Luis Mercado, 45, of an unknown address, were ordered detained in federal custody by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan on federal criminal complaints charging each with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of possession with the intent to distribute 1kilogram or more of heroin.

It is alleged that prior to February 13, 2017, a person assisting Drug Enforcement Administration was in negotiations with Mercado and Simanca-Pena to get five kilograms of heroin. The negotiations led to a late afternoon meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, at Simanca-Pena’s Central Falls home. Shortly after the person assisting DEA arrived by car at the residence, it is alleged that Simanca-Pena placed one kilogram of heroin on the floor of the vehicle. Simanca-Pena was immediately taken into custody and the heroin was seized by DEA agents. Soon after, DEA, DEA Task Force agents, Central Falls police and Cranston police executed an authorized search of Simanca-Pena’s home where they arrested Mercado and seized more than four kilograms of heroin.